Immediately after news broke that 18-year-old Deon Kay was shot and killed by police officers, the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted that he had been “murdered.”
They jumped ahead of the story, responded without details, and immediately pushed the narrative that “violence and racism is (sic) endemic to policing.”
“We demand justice for Deon,” the group added in the tweet.
Then the facts of the incident were released: Law enforcement officers pursued a known gang member, he fled, he was ordered to stop, he drew a firearm, and he was shot one time. He died as a result of his injuries.
The ACLU subsequently deleted the tweet, the Daily Caller reports.
The ACLU deleted this tweet
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According to the report, however, the ACLU is still blaming law enforcement and racism for Kay’s death:
The tweet has since been deleted from the nonpartisan legal and advocacy 501(c)(4) organization’s Twitter account. However, the ACLU released a statement that blamed the officer for the death of Kay, 18, saying “the officer made no attempt to de-escalate, there was no warning or directive given to Kay to drop a weapon.”
The tweet sent out by the ACLU with the statement attached said that Kay’s death “is the logical conclusion of a policy that not only meets violence with violence, but actually escalates and incites it.”
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“Less than two weeks after the shooting of Jacob Blake we have been provided with yet another example of the violence and racism endemic in policing in the U.S.,” Paige Fernandez, policing policy advisor at ACLU National, said in the statement. “We can’t ignore the police violence in D.C. We demand justice for Deon Kay and all the other lives the D.C. police force has taken.”
The tragic shooting and death of 18-year-old Deon Kay is the logical conclusion of a policy that not only meets violence with violence, but actually escalates and incites it — especially in our Black communities.
We demand justice for Deon Kay.https://t.co/z4ScTmJRqH
— ACLU (@ACLU) September 4, 2020
The Washington D.C. Police Department released the bodycam footage from one of the officers involved in the incident, confirming their description of the exchange.
Watch the footage below (CAUTION: While pixelated, the video shows the shooting and would be considered graphic to most audiences):